Microsoft gave a glimpse of their software development tool named “Visual Studio 11” last week. Just to recollect, Microsoft announced Visual Studio 11 alongside the Windows 8 Development Preview September last year. Now as we are approach the launch of Windows 8 Beta version launch on February 29th, Microsoft will be releasing “Visual Studio 11” Beta version and .NET 4.5 at the same event.
The major refreshment on Visual Studio 11 starts from simplifying the user experience, making tools and options available up front, with fewer distraction helping developers to maintain focus.
Visual Studio 11 Features
1) Reduced toolbar commands: The cut, copy and paste toolbar commands were removed and these commands can now be accessed using drop-down menus.
2) Simplified graphics: Reduced color contraction on the toolbar helps you to search things you are looking for. Now, the user interface competes far less with the developer’s content.
3) Comprehensive search: There are search available everywhere, search on the toolbar, solution explorer and error explorer, allowing developers to quickly find what they are looking for within commands and configuration options, tool windows, and open files. Now the search feature has been incorporated into following windows.
- SOLUTION EXPLORER
- REFERENCE MANAGER
- TEAM EXPLORER
- INTELLITRACE SUMMARY PAGE
- PARALLEL WATCH WINDOW
- ERROR LIST
- C++ GRAPHICS EVENT LIST
- CODE ANALYSIS
4) Workflow hubs: Streamlines often used tasks into one window so as to avoid frequent navigations.
Visual Studio 11” Team Foundation Server (TFS) Beta provides the collaboration hub at the center of the Visual Studio ALM solution. From start to finish, teams can track projects through each stage of software development, from keeping tabs on version control to continually deploying software updates.
Apart from above there are improvements from regular expression processing to better support for compression standards, enhanced support for HTML5, developer productivity enhancements in Entity Framework, optimized mobile experiences through ASP.NET, and more, ensuring .NET Framework 4.5 has something new for all developers building for the client and the cloud.
Visual Studio 11 Download
You can download Visual Studio trial version here.